Complete list of movies for Essential viewing based on The Dissolve's Essential Viewing and Essential Retro selections..
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George Romero's unusual story of a modern-day Renaissance troupe whose participants follow a medieval code of honor.
One of those crazy and unique movies that it's sort of impossible to rate. On the one hand, George Romero isn't as good a dramatist as he is a genre stylist, so a lot of the scenes in this are hide-under-the-moat embarrassing. But on the other hand it's such a singular vision and exploration of themes that were obviously important to Romero that it's always fascinating (the fact that it's chock full of awesome motorcycle stunts doesn't hurt either).
Also in this movie's favor are two powerhouse performances from Ed Harris and Tom Savini. As ridiculous as this movie gets (and that is a significant figure), they're never anything but committed to their characters.
I love that Romero is so earthy a filmmaker that his idea of glitzy showbiz decadence is a bunch of dudes smashing lamps over each other in a cheap motel room.
A 2 1/2 hour George Romero film about medieval re-enactors including Ed Harris and Tom fuckin' Savini. Instead of horses they ride and joust on motorbikes. I was always going to love this.
I quickly got over how silly this all was by the general awesomeness on display. Great stunts, ace music by Donald Rubenstein (he's even in this one as a cool musician dude serenading Harris) and enough delicious subtext to make up for the last however many dodgy zombie films from George. Well, maybe not quite.
Let us ride to Camelot! It is a silly place.
An utterly unique and deeply personal adventure/drama from George A. Romero about a modern-day traveling Renaissance fair, in which the knights use motorcycles instead of horses, KNIGHTRIDERS is truly a strange bird of a film, but it's one of my all-time favorites.
In his very first leading film role, Ed Harris is characteristically intense and charismatic as the troupe's "King," whose commitment to living by an ancient code comes into conflict with power struggles among the knights and unwanted attention from media.
The cast is awesome and loaded with Romero alums, past and future. In addition to the biggest and most interesting acting role that Tom Savini has ever had (one that makes excellent usage of the FX genius's natural…
A 144 minute movie about Knights on Motorbikes???
A 144 minute Film about the internal struggle to choose artistic & spiritual freedom over fame & money and about finding happiness in your true identity.
Weekly reminder to independent filmmakers: you can make a movie about whatever you want. You could even make a straight-faced epic about a motorcycle riding Renaissance Festival troupe if you thought you could do it with sincerity. George Romero did, and it bears his fascination with turning small communities (be it zombie apocalypse survivors in a shopping mall or Society for Creative Anachronism on Wheels) into microcosms of America at large. Rather than establishing a utopia just to destroy it, here Romero seems more optimistic that staying true and not selling out actually will give a permanency to the ideas espoused by the good king Ed Harris (his best performance?). The temptations of money and fame that plague the troupe…
it's hard not to cringe at the excessive dorkiness on display here (not to mention the excessive runtime) even if it is clearly a very personal artistic mission statement from Romero. that's mostly mitigated though by the sheer quantity of insane motorcycle stunts and Ed Harris' total commitment to a performance of a guy's total commitment to a performance.
This is an exceptional one of a kind movie. I would dare say i like it more than director George Romero's more famous living dead movies. It tells the tale of a travelling troupe of knights who battle on motorcycles. Basically a Renaissance Faire with cool stunts. Sleazy big city promoters and press get involved and the group splits apart. Ed Harris and special effects god Tom Savini are superb as the two lead knights. Lots of people recognizable from other Romero movies pop up, including Ken Foree(dawn of the dead)
This is a movie that is over 2 hours long and it goes by so quickly that you just keep wanting more. It deserves WAY more of a following.
Romero doing what amounts to a drama with a lot of (well done) motorcycle stunts for sizzle. I think I enjoyed the mysticism more than more hackneyed human interest moments, but this is Romero, he doesn't really do subtlety. Harris owns this flick; it's easy to see why he went on to bigger movies, but Savini is very good for a guy who is most known for doing special effects.
This movie is a rare beast. It's a movie I saw as a child and loved, then saw as an adult and still loved.
Overly long hippie relic mixing anachronistic Renn Fest chivalry of Arthurian legend with Hells Angels-like motorcycle action. The music is 90% horrible and intrusive. There are interesting moments of selling out vs staying true to one's creed and beliefs. But at 146 minutes, this movie is more a tedious test than a time capsule of fun.
I'll admit, the premise to Knightriders instantly piqued my curiosity. Jousting knights on motorcycles sounds like great B-movie fun. However, upon learning that this film has a runtime of nearly two and a half hours, my enthusiasm to watch it quite quickly waned. I had no idea how this premise was going to be stretched out so long - because I had no idea this movie is so much more than its premise. Sure, we have the jousting knights (and some incredible motorcycle stunts) but this is a film primarily about the travelling renaissance fair troupe and the family unit they've developed. Fans of director George A. Romero's other work will also enjoy spotting familiar faces throughout the cast, but…
A movie I had heard literally nothing about until its Shout Factory reissue.
Of all the Romero I have seen, this may be his masterpiece. I mean, I know Dawn of the Dead is the greatest film of all time, but this is full of so much passion and heart.
It is the most lyrical and beautiful film of his I have yet seen. The sound of those engines revving and buzzing came to give me chills. Obviously somewhat inspired by George wishing he could just keep making movies with his buddies in PA for his life.
Unhurried. Lets us watch this group converse and ride, lets us learn about their relationships and pasts little by little in a natural way.
Possibly the most personal film Romero has made, about the conflict between pure art and it's nasty commercialization. The way this is delivered via a travelling renaissance fair troupe on motorbikes is so absurdly strange, it makes so much sense.
I've pondered if George was Ed Harris or Tom Savini? my answer, probably both, made after Dawn of the Dead, i can imagine the turmoil in his mind as the studios threw him money as the new king of horror, maybe not something he actually wanted.
Some great stuntwork with the motorcycle scenes. Other than that, couldn't really get into the movie.
Doesn't quite live up to the poster, unfortunately
My top 10%.
This is my favorite 10% of all the films I've seen. It only took 6 months of…